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Rotting fin whale hauled away from Nova Scotia community

A humpback whale is seen just outside of Hartley Bay along the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C., Sept, 17, 2013.

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A rotting whale that was giving off a foul odour in a Cape Breton community has been towed away from the Strait of Canso.

Officials with Nova Scotia's Natural Resources Department say the 15-metre fin whale was hauled away from Port Hastings today.

The 15-metre whale was first seen last Thursday, setting off a discussion between Ottawa, the province and the municipal government over who was responsible for removing it.

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Tourism Minister Michel Samson, the member for Cape Breton-Richmond, said Wednesday that the Natural Resources Department would take care of the removal.

Locals said the whale was emitting a stink in the area and needed to go.

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